This one-day seminar draws from Jen Serravallo's bestselling resource, The Reading Strategies Book, The Writing Strategies Book, as well as her other popular titles about formative assessment, conferring and small group instruction. The five-hour day will begin will help participants to understand a variety of writing genres and modes, writing process, behaviors, skills and qualities of good writing. Participants will learn to go beyond writing checklists and tips that tell writers what to do, and instead learn how to craft explicit, clear strategies that show children how to do it. We will also explore effective feedback and prompts to coach writers as they practice strategies for their goals. In the afternoon, we will explore the hierarchy of reading goals and quick, practical ways to use formative assessments to discover which goal is right from each reader in the classroom. In the final portion of the day, participants will learn about different methods for teaching strategies for both reading and writing including research-decide-teach, coaching, and compliment conferences, as well as the difference between guided reading and strategy lessons. Through hands-on activities and video examples of Jen teaching in real classrooms, participants will leave equipped to bring strategies to life in their own classrooms right away.
Target Audience: K-5 teachers and administrators.Can also be applied to Middle School